Ankle X-Rays

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What are X-rays of the Ankle?

X-rays are a common imaging test that uses small amounts of high-energy electromagnetic radiation to produce images for doctors to view the inside of the body. The level of exposure is considered safe for adults. It is not considered safe for a developing fetus so it is very important that a pregnant patient informs a physician of their pregnancy before having an X-ray taken.

X-rays of the ankle pass through skin and soft tissue mostly, but do not pass through bone or metal easily. As different tissues in the body absorb different amounts of radiation, the images will show different shades of black and white.

One of the most common uses of an ankle X-ray is to check for broken bones after an accident, but they are also used under many other circumstances.

X-rays are used to identify, diagnose, and treat many types of medical conditions. It is a key element and often times the first to be done in the diagnosis process.

Reasons for an Ankle X-Ray:

X-rays are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an X-ray to check for certain cancers in different parts of the ankle by detecting abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.

An X-ray is used to view the area of the ankle where a patient is experiencing pain, swelling, or other abnormalities. The ankle X-ray can help a physician find a cause for those occuring problems.

Ankle X-rays can be used to diagnose a disease, monitor the progression of a disease, determine a treatment plan, and see the effect of a treatment plan.

Physicians use ankle X-rays to locate foreign objects in that area and to guide them in setting broken bones.

An Ankle X-Ray may help diagnose (find):

X-rays of the ankles are used to determine the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling or a deformity of the arm.

An ankle X-ray can detect infection, cysts, or tumors in the ankle.

An ankle X-ray can detect broken bones, assist a physician in setting the broken bone, and can monitor the treatment process to determine whether the bone is properly aligned and the break is healing properly.

Ankle X-rays are used in pre-surgical planning and are used post-surgery to assess the results of the surgery.

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xray of foot in motion two views

credit: Noah D. Weiss MD, Weiss Orthopaedics
ABOVE: This animation is actually a series of x-rays that have been put together to form a simulated motion. Doctors and Radiologists do not view x-rays in this manner. You should not expect to view your x-rays like this.

Xray of ankle in two views

ABOVE: X-ray of ankle.

Xray of broken ankle two views

ABOVE: X-ray of broken ankle after repair.

Xray of foot two views

ABOVE: X-ray of fractured ankle with two screws after repair.

Xray of fractured ankle after repair two views

ABOVE: X-ray of fractured ankle with two screws after repair.


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